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Pretty ribbons, pretty paper…

of blue; wrap your presents to your darling from you were lyrics to one of her favorite songs. Her favorite color was blue. Her favorite people were her grandchildren. She lived a lonely life alone for most of her adult years. But when

My Darling Kim 1964

My Darling Kim 1964

she died she left a hole in the hearts of four grandchildren: Kim, Gary, Mark and Julie. She left them behind with only her memories; she left little of monetary value but that mattered little to them. 

What she left was mostly pictures that were valued beyond gold that were left to be treasured. And every card that her granddaughter had sent to her or given her was stacked and tied together. That was a tender moment watching her as she held that stack. The biggest treasure for her granddaughter was the little photo of her when she was born that Mammy had written “Darling Kim” on it.

Mammy was Marie Kerby Wright. The photo with the three adults leaves us to wonder, just who is that handsome man dressed to the nines and who is so suave and debonaire in the photo? On the left is Marie Kerby’s brother-in-law Jimmy Marks. In the middle is Marie Kerby all petite and young. And her sister Irene Kerby Marks took the photo as her shadow can be seen in the photo as she held the camera.  But the gentleman on the right is not identified. Could it be a Butler who lived nearby? Perhaps, a Butler descendant can answer that question and solve that puzzle for us. The  photograph is vintage 1944 or 1945 and the photo was taken at Seven Points in Florence, Alabama.

Florence native honored at the Madison County Courthouse…

Florence, Alabama native Sidney E. Lyons, Jr. is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. He began his military career after receiving his commission through the ROTC program at the University of Tennessee. He has served as a scout master with the Boy Scouts of America and is himself, an Eagle Scout. Sid has lived in Huntsville since 1997 and his current interest is as an artist and sculptor. His art focus is on Native Americans and military scenes. He is married and has two children.

On June 19, 1967, he received the Silver Star for Gallantry in action while serving with Troop D, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division in the Republic of Vietnam. After learning that two of his unit’s helicopters had been shot down and ground forces were critically low on ammunition he loaded a helicopter with a re-supply of ammunition and braved a murderous barrage of enemy fire to land and unload the supplies. He then hovered his aircraft along the front line and extracted seriously wounded men until his aircraft could not possibly hold any more men. This action saved the lives of many of the engaged ground forces and the two downed aircrews. Sid was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two awards of the Air Medal with Valor during his service in Vietnam.

  Sidney E Lyons Jr       





Sidney E. LYONS, Jr.

 SILVER STAR MEDAL, Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal with Valor (2 awards)

Thomas W Dunn also on the Madison County Hall of Heroes…

  in the Madison County, Alabama Courthouse.

THOMAS W. DUNN was born in Sheffield, Alabama.



Thomas W. Dunn is a native Alabamian and was raised in Huntsville. Living in Huntsville,
his family moved to Colbert County for a temporary job of three months and during their

stay Tom was born prematurely and only weighed 1 pound 4 ounces at birth. In 1963 he

enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at age 17.

On January 20th 1970, while serving with the First Marine Division in the Republic of

Vietnam, Staff Sergeant Thomas W. Dunn coordinated a joint unit operation of US Marines

and South Koreans in the search of a tunnel complex that was reported to be occupied by

Viet Cong cadre. Upon locating the enemy tunnel site he observed an enemy solider

entering a cave. He fearlessly approached the cave entrance and demanded the soldier’s

surrender. Three enemy soldiers emerged from the cave and were captured by Staff

Sergeant Dunn. Unwilling to risk the lives of his comrades, Staff Sergeant Dunn then

entered the cave alone to search for additional enemy forces. In his search he located vast

quantities of enemy grenades and ammunition, all of which were destroyed by allied

forces. SSGT Dunn, 3rd CIT, continued to distinguish himself by his exemplary

performance of duty which was instrumental in the apprehension of several important

members of the Viet Cong Infrastructure, the

destruction of two major Viet Cong headquarters, and the neutralization of enemy attempts

to control the local populace.

For his heroic actions Thomas W. Dunn was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor.

Error, omission or Oversight?

WHSP-C-07275-18 Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter and ...

Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, and Menahem Begin at Camp David

It was the land called Oversight. The Jacob Duckett of the following text is the father of Elizabeth Duckett who married our Gen Levi Casey of Revolutionary War fame. Gen Levi Casey was also a Congressman, and  a South Carolina State Representative. The text of the document follows that is entitled The Land Called “Oversight

The colony of Maryland emerged with a group of 200 people sailing on the ships, the Arc and the Dove from England, arriving in 1634. The land was given by Royal Charter to George Calvert, 1st Lord of Baltimore. He died before the document was signed and his son, Cecilius Calvert assumed rulership of a ten million acre tract of wilderness known as Maryland and Delaware, today.

Jacob Duckett (1714-1764) owned 85 acres of land situated in Frederick Co., MD called “Oversight.” William Boteler, born 1738 in Frederick Co., MD, and who was married to Ann Duckett, daughter of Jacob Duckett, inherited this 85 acre land situated in Frederick, Co., MD called “Oversight” from his wife’s father. Women were not allowed to inherit land at this time. According to the Will of Jacob Duckett, Ann Duckett Boteler received a cow and a calf from her father’s estate, as was befitting in those times for women. Her husband inherited the land called “Oversight.” The acreage was later sold to James Sergant for 150 pounds. The land lies between Catoctain and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The same land known as “Oversight,” was changed by the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, (FDR). The land was developed through the “New Deal,” under the “Works Progress Administration,” (WPA) The ‘great depression” of 1929-1941 created jobs for the many out of work. The land was created into a National Park and Presidential Retreat, renamed, “Shangra-la.”

Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, saw fit for another name, “Camp David,” after his son David Eisenhower, Jr. “Camp David,” has been available for eleven different presidents over a 66 year period. During that interval, many negotiations took place there.

One was with President Jimmy Carter, a peanut farmer and nuclear physicist from Plains, GA. He set up the, “Camp David Accords,” to work for peace in the Middle East. When the peace talks stalled, President Jimmy Carter invited Sadat and Begin with their senior aides to the presidential retreat, “Camp David.” After 13 days of negotiations, the leaders announced the conclusion of the accords, which provided the basis for continuing peace in the Middle East and between Egypt and Israel. Sadat and Begin received the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1979 for their great efforts.

References: Moravian Families of Carroll’s Manor, ppg. 113-14; Maryland & Virginia Colonies, ppg. 184, Doliante; Land Records of Prince George’s Co., MD 1726-1730, ppg. 7 and 39; Encarta Encyclopedia, Grolier Encyclopedia; Encyclopedia Americana.